Sindhara Dooj is a Hindu festival that is celebrated on the ‘dwitiya’ (2nd day) during the ‘Shukla Paksha’ (the bright fortnight of moon) in the ‘Shravan’ month of the traditional Hindu calendar. It falls during the auspicious Navratri festivities and is the day before the observance of ‘Hariyali Teej’. In the Gregorian calendar, Sindhara Dooj festival falls during the months of mid-July to mid-August. As per the Hindi calendars and Panchangs, this day is considered to be very propitious and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour in the northern states of India. Sindhara Dooj is essentially a festival for women, in which they shower gifts on each other. It is also known by other names like ‘Sowbhagya Dooj’, ‘Preethi Dwitiya’, ‘Sthanya Vriddhi’ or ‘Gauri Dwitiya’.

Sindhara Dooj 2017 was on September 21 Thursday

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Goddess Parvati

Goddess Parvati

Rituals during Sindhara Dooj:

  • On the occasion of Sindhara Dooj, women dress up in their traditional clothes and wear their best ornaments. They purchase new matching bangles on this day and also gift each other. Both married and unmarried women apply mehendi in their hands and feet.
  • Swings are another highlight of this festival. On the day of Sindhara Dooj, several swings are tied to the trees. Women enjoy sitting on these swings in the evening and sing and dance to traditional folk songs.
  • On Sindhara Dooj there is a tradition of gifting presents to daughter-in-laws by their mother-in-law. A day before, daughter-in-laws visit their parent’s home along with the gifts and sweets received. They stay there for a day and return the following evening with her ‘baya’ that comprises of more sweets, fruits, delicacies and a token of money, which is gifted by her mother.
  • In the evening, puja of ‘Gaur Mata’ (an incarnation of Goddess Parvati) is performed with full devotion. Women worship the idol of the Goddess and make several offerings as dhoop, lamp, rice, flowers and sweets. After the puja, the daughter-in-laws must present the ‘baya’ to their respective mother-in-law.
  • In some places in Northern India, devotees also worship ‘Brahmacharini Navdurga Mata’ and ‘Tara Dasamahavidya’ on Sindhara Dooj. In the temples of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Maheswari Saptamatrika’ puja is performed on this day, while in few temples, people observe the ‘Balatripura Sundari’ puja.

Important Timings On Sindhara Dooj

Sunrise21-Sep-2017 06:18 AM
Sunset21-Sep-2017 18:20 PM
Dwitiya Tithi Begins21-Sep-2017 10:34 AM
Dwitiya Tithi Ends22-Sep-2017 10:41 AM
Place : Ujjain [ India ] Time Zone : IST (+05:30)

Significance of Sindhara Dooj:

Sindhara Dooj is an important festival celebrated by the women folk. In India, Sindhara is an observance dedicated to the daughter-in-laws. The onset of this festival signifies the beginning of the monsoon season and people get respite from the scorching heat of the sun. Sindhara Dooj spreads the waves of joy amongst all. Married women perform all the rituals of Sindhara Dooj with full dedication for the longevity and well-being of their husbands. Unmarried girls worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati (the divine couple) on this day to get a good husband and blissful married life.

Sindhara Dooj festival dates between 2014 & 2024

YearDate
2014Thursday, 25th of September
2015Wednesday, 14th of October
2016Sunday, 2nd of October
2017Thursday, 21st of September
2018Wednesday, 10th of October
2019Sunday, 29th of September
2020Saturday, 17th of October
2021Thursday, 7th of October
2022Tuesday, 27th of September
2023Monday, 16th of October
2024Friday, 4th of October
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